We’ve been Down Under for two weeks, learning about the wonderful animals and geography of Australia. We could’ve gone on for several weeks more, there’s so much to learn about this wonderful continent. Here’s a peek at some of the learning activities we did.
My kids love animals and it’s a great way to introduce them to learning about a new place in the world. Since Australia has so many unique and interesting animals, we learned about one or two each day of our unit study.
- Bellow like a Koala with Penny at Wildlife Fun 4 Kids. This led to hours of wonderful pretend play being koalas.
- Wild Kratts Koala Balloon episode, available on Amazon Prime.
- Koala coloring page from Activity Village UK.
- National Geographic Kids Koala video.
- Wild Kratts Kickin’ it with the Roos episode, available on Amazon Prime.
- Kangaroo coloring page from Activity Village UK.
- Go-along book: Katy No-Pocket (a Before FIAR selection). After reading the book, we donned aprons with pockets, put a paper kangaroo in our new pouch and hopped all around the house, pretending to be kangaroos.
- Platypus: Wild Kratts Platypus Café episode.
- Frilled-neck Lizard: We watched a great Discovery video about these lizards. Also, it is very fun to pretend to be a frilled-neck lizard. Try it.
- Wombat: Nat Geo video showing a pudgy, sleepy wombat.
- A great resource for many Australian animals are the Bindi and Robert Irwin Growing Up Wild videos on YouTube. Type in “Bindi and Robert Irwin” and the name of the animal you want to learn about.
Geography of Australia
The Great Barrier Reef
- We set up our water table like the Great Barrier Reef. To see what we used and how we played with it, see our post on Hands-On Geography: Animals and Their Habitats. The water table is the Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table.
- We watched Finding Nemo.
Filling our water table with sand turned it into a desert and we had fun identifying which animals live there and which do not. We used the wonderful Safari LTD The Land Down Under Toob animals for this activity.
For more information on our Outback set-up, visit this post.
More Geography Resources
- Our cookie map of Australia was a big hit.
- Free printable coloring maps
- Free printable Australian flags to color and cut out. We glued ours to popsicle sticks. You can find them at Lessons Learnt Journal.
More ways to learn about Australia:
We used a magnetic cookie sheet propped up in a cookbook holder and our magnetic letters to spell out “Australia”. Each day, I changed the featured book and the animal cards. You can find the free printable animal cards from Walk Beside Me.
We made good use of the section in our library that had books on various Australian animals and culture. Each day, we read the book that matched the specific animal we were learning about, as well as a book on another aspect of Australia, such as The Sydney Opera House and the Aboriginal People.
Our handwriting practice used the words we were learning: Australia, koala, kangaroo, coral reef and more, in the stage of handwriting for each particular child: tracing letters for my 4 year old, printing for my 6 year old and cursive for my 8 year old. One day, we painted our words with cotton swabs.
For cooking ideas, stop by The Educator’s Spin On It for their Around the World in 12 Dishes: Australia!*****For even more resources, follow my Australian Unit Study pin board on Pinterest.*****
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